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The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written 

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Updated September 10, 2019 532 votes 227 voters 7.3k views 44 items

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What are the best love poems of all time? This list includes great love poems such as "Sonnet 116," "To Althea from Prison," "The Sun Rising," and "Sonnet 40." Some of the romantic poems on this list are often read at weddings, or during marriage proposals. They all capture the beauty and magic of true love and are written by some of the greatest poets of all time, from many different eras and time periods, as love is timeless. 

Written works have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories on the page. Whether short or long form, poetry is often illusory, and full of rich imagery or hidden meaning. It is these elements which provoke readers to dig deeper. The best poems and poets are read throughout the ages. They are passed from generation to generation and taught throughout school to young students. The love poems on this list are often shared with significant others as well.

Poets and their poetry have the ability to take readers places and into worlds never imagined. Poets can often be tortured souls or great thinkers who allow readers a new view on the world. These greatest love poems provide the kind of emotional, romantic connection to the written word that few others can.

Vote up the best, most romantic, and most touching love poems below or add a poem about love that you think is the best if it isn't already on the list.
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How Do I Love Thee? is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
How Do I Love Thee? Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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She Walks in Beauty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
JeremyEbbink added George Gordon Lord Byron
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Yours & Mine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Yours & Mine Alice Fulton
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When You Are Old is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
When You Are Old William Butler Yeats
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Shall I compare thee to ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
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To My Dear and Loving Hu... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
To My Dear and Loving Husband Anne Bradstreet
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To Althea from Prison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
To Althea from Prison Richard Lovelace
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The Day Is Gone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
The Day Is Gone John Keats
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To the Virgins, to Make ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick
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Song: to Celia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Song: to Celia Ben Johnson
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Sonnet 116 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
William Shakespeare
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The Love Song of J. Alfr... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
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A Red, Red Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Robert Burns
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Upon Julia's Clothes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Upon Julia's Clothes Robert Herrick
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somewhere i have never t... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
JeremyEbbink added somewhere i have never traveled,gladly beyond E. E. Cummings
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Bird Understander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Bird Understander Craig Arnold
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She Was a Phantom of Del... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
She Was a Phantom of Delight Wiliam Wordsworth
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The Sun Rising is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
The Sun Rising John Donne
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Sonnet 29 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
William Shakespeare
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Sonnet 40 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
William Shakespeare
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A Decade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
A Decade Amy Lowell
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The Good Morrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
The Good Morrow John Donne
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Inviting a Friend to Sup... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Inviting a Friend to Supper Ben Johnson
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The Anniversary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
The Anniversary John Donne
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Drunk As Drunk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written
Drunk As Drunk Pablo Neruda